Anointing His Feet
John 12:1-11 The Message
As you read the passage what word or phrase has touched your heart?
What would it have been like for you to be at the house of lazarus with Martha and Mary?
See Mary as she anoints the feet of Jesus, the very feet that would soon be pierced upon the cross. Imagine the fragrance of the perfume as it fills the room.
This all takes place after the raising of Lazarus and before the triumphal entry celebrated on Palm Sunday. I wonder how long this costly perfume’s scent would have lasted? Would the
crowds have caught a whiff of this fragrance as Jesus enters Jerusalem?
I see here many conflicts of interest, fears and accusations from Judas and the religious leaders. What strikes me the most is the commitment and sacrifice that Mary makes as she takes her alabaster jar containing a year's worth of wages to be broken and poured out upon her Lord. She holds nothing back in this prophetic act of sacrifice just as Jesus will give His all for us through His broken body on the cross.
Spend some time reflecting on this act of love by Mary and what God is asking of you this week.
How can you be broken and poured out for Jesus?
What is capturing your attention right now that is taking away from your devotion to Him?
Are there any conflicts of interest in your own soul , fears or worries?
Bring them to Him now to talk about and receive the grace He desires to give you.
Rest in the knowledge that God is with you this day and desires to fill your home with the sweet fragrance of His presence.
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